I could really use a getaway. Darren feels the same. We'd both love to go someplace for a few days and unwind. The trouble is that we can't quite decide where to go.
We've already had our major vacation for the year, two weeks in Germany. But since I got back, things at work have been much more hectic than before we left for Europe, and back then I was desperate for a break.
We've used up a good chunk of our vacation, not to mention our ready cash, so we're not talking about a trip to Curaçao here.
We're probably not even talking airplanes this time. That's in part because flying costs so damn much, but more because air travel is living hell these days, and you're lucky if you reach your destination within a calendar month of your intended arrival date.
So it would seem we're looking at a road trip.
That limits our options quite a bit. We don't want to be gone for more than a four day weekend, and we also don't want to spend two of the four days in the car.
Here's are the options we've come up with so far.
- Madison Wisconsin: Just on the verge of being unpleasantly far to drive, but a great city that we haven't visited in nearly ten years. Darren also has an aunt and uncle there as well as a good college friend, and it would be nice to visit all of them.
- Milwaukee: Farther still, but someplace I've never been and would like to see. (I wonder if Laverne & Shirley are still alive...)
- Duluth: Less than a three hour drive, and Lake Superior is always breathtaking. Hotel rooms, however are nearly impossible to find in the summer months, and they're at least $200 a night if you want a lake view. Naturally, WG needs a lake view. (You know I travel like a little princess.)
- Chicago: Too damn far. Tempting, because I've only been there once (in 1986), but that's just too many hours in the car. Even in Darren's sexymobile.
Honestly, we're sort of stumped. There's plenty of not-terribly-appealing options.
- Wisconsin Dells: would make me puke, plus it involves shirtlessness.
- Camping:I don't camp. Ever. (Did it twice as a kid, hated it, threw up both times.) Camping to me means TVs that aren't wide-screen hi-def. Anyway, that eliminates nearly all of Minnesota north of the Twin Cities. Nature's just grand, but I prefer to leave it to others to enjoy.
- Spamtown: I'm not a fan of my home town, so I'd rather not spend time down there.
- La Crosse, WI: We were just there for a weekend and pretty much exhausted its charms.
Maybe we'll just take a few days off and plan a vacation at home--hit some nice restaurants, go have lunch at beside the lake at Lord Fletchers, and lie low.
Unless we get better ideas.